Yet another local green retailer. Hurrah! Livingreen has two locations: one in the Los Angeles area, and another in Santa Barbara, California. Because the company was founded by an interior designer named Ellen Strickland, shown left, you'll find a wide selection of especially well-designed products, from cork flooring to light bulbs when you visit the store. They even sell placemats, shown below, made of "recyclable, synthetic paper." We're puzzled, too, but we really like the design.
The Livingreen site introduced us to a few products we had not seen before (Green Planet Natural Paints, anyone?) Like other regional retailers, they've culled their selection so that what they sell online can be easily shipped. But whether you're new to the idea of green homes or a seasoned expert, it's worth browsing their online book department and making a purchase or two to round out your library. Three of our favorites after the jump... Note to readers: we didn't see any descriptions, so we've added some of our own. Please amend your thoughts on these books and on Livingreen below...
• Creating The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka. Susanka has a rare gift for condensing and translating the complicated principles of architecture into understandable design principles. If you don't yet own one or two titles in the Not So Big... series of books, we find this one the most practical. $24.95
• Sam Mockbee's rural studio crystallized a deeper meaning of sustainable architecture, building affordable, beautiful houses of locally sourced and reclaimed materials for people in need. Unfortuntely, Mockbee died too young. Proceed and Be Bold is a manifesto for the future. $30
• While writing Eco Nest, Paula Baker-Laporte and husband Robert Laporte traveled far and wide to learn what gives a home spiritual qualities. Their findings, along with beautiful photographs, are published in this book, which focuses on dwellings of natural materials. $24.95.